3 Foolproof Tips to Stay Slim during the Holiday Season

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The holidays are here and so begins the onslaught of foods and tasty treats. Party after party is serving up snacks, pastries and drinks that are sure to get that waistline bulging. It doesn’t take long to do damage to everything you’ve worked so hard to keep in check all year as those fat cells are sitting there rubbing their grubby palms together in anticipation of extra calories to store.

Last year, I had a personal training client tell me that it was the first year in her life that she didn’t put on weight during the holidays. She awarded me the credit, but the credit belongs to her for following some simple rules during the holiday season. Now I’m here to share a few of the same tips that I gave her during the daunting holiday food festival. Read more of this post

Does Eating After a Certain Time Hurt Weight Loss? (via BodyByH’)

This question should be answered with, “it depends”…bodybuilders eat before bed. The question is what are they eating before bed and what are their activities, energy requirements and quality of foods consumed during the day? Also when it comes down to purely weight loss… we are not talking about fat or muscle, but weight…it boils down to calories in and calories out. At Active Lifestyle we don’t deal in the realm of weight, but in the realm of body fat, body shape, muscle mass, stability, flexibility, lifestyle and overall health and wellness. The questions we want to know the answer to are…”Are you happy with how your body looks and feels?” and “if not are you committed to taking the steps to change your habits and lifestyle to achieve the change you desire?” Check out this post by an BodyByH about eating timing and feel free to shoot me any questions you may have.

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve heard advice like this before: ‘Don’t eat before going to bed!’ or ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’… Many people who are trying to lose weight hear these and listen to these “warnings” all the time.  In fact, these two saying are also recommended to people who aren’t trying to lose weight. I will admit, the logic behind this advice sounds reasonable.  I mean i … Read More

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Funny Fitness Fridays: Laugh & Lose Weight While You Shake that S***

With all this talk of stress and emotions affecting your ability to lose weight, we thought it necessary at Active Lifestyle to add a little laughter to your life. Did you know that according to stress.about.com:

A hearty guffaw will burn more calories than a nervous titter, but researchers at Vanderbilt University found adults burn an average of 1.3 calories per minute while laughing with their friends.  That’s about the same number of calories you burn while taking notes in a classroom or standing and talking on the phone.  But laughter has other benefits besides burning calories, including relief of emotional stress and a  workout for the muscles of the diaphragm, abdomen, back, and shoulders.  Read about the benefits of laughter from the Guide to Stress Management at About.com.

Now enjoy a little bit of a laugh while you Shake That S***

Lose Your Belly Fat Overnight

Excess adipose tissue around a male's mid-section.

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Everybody is trying to get rid of that tricky belly fat that just won’t seem to go away. We were told to do sit ups. We were told to buy electrodes to put on our skin that will miraculously shape and tone your six pack.  We were told to wear crazy outfits that would sweat off the fat while all we had to do was lay there and do nothing. Can someone please come forward and show me when any of those things has worked and who they’ve worked for.

The truth about your belly fat is that it’s not going away without a fight. It wants to be there and it’s in love with your mid-section. Some think that it’s a ancestral genetic trait to store body fat at the mid-section as this makes it easier for the body to carry. The close the weight is to your center the easier to move it. I mean you don’t really see people with enormous ankles or fat wrists. No one has extremely fat forearms or very fat calves. Well they do , but not without the rest of their body being just as fat. The bottom line is your body likes to keep storage in the tummy, hips and butt.

So how do we get rid of it? Well, here are a few things you should consider if you are to lose your belly fat overnight.

  1. Get a good night sleep. All those late nights out clubbing or late nights in front of the Television are killing your goals. Sleep is essential for your body’s repair process, which if you exercise needs to happen regularly. Sleep loss also limits fat loss by decreasing leptin which is a natural appetite suppresent. Have a look at these articles.
    1. http://ezinearticles.com/?Effects-of-Sleep-on-Fat-Loss&id=135138
    2. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101004211637.htm
    3. Drop the late night alcohol consumption. Well I prefer to drop alcohol in general if your goal is to lose body fat. It does nothing positive for you in any way. Not only does it destroy your ability to uptake nutrients because the alcohol takes precedence over all other substances as your body looks to remove this poison as quickly as possible. Also the excess calories intake doesn’t bode well if you’re trying not to store calories.
    4. Cut out the late night snacks…at least the junk food snacks. If you’re going to have a late snack, try low glycemic foods like cottage cheese, milk and some fruits like berries. Those are good low calorie snacks that will keep you full and help you avoid sending your body into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism.

 

 

Burn More Calories, Lose More Fat

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So you’re interested in burning losing more body fat? Well we can all agree that your nutritional intake is going to play a major role in your fat loss, but in order to sustain long term fat loss you’ve got to burn the calories and build muscle. The problem is that most people spend very little time being active enough to burn some extra calories during the day. Just 30 minutes a few times a week has been shown to have significant impact, but what you do during that 30 minutes matters big time!

Here’s a few calorie burning stats from Men’s Health with my personal spin. These activities have been assigned a calorie count per hour based on a 180lb male. Here we go…

Of course you could sit at your desk for an hour and burn 147 calories. Now that’s low. Get out of that chair and move around a bit during that hour and increase your calorie expenditure at work.

You could Golf and burn 368 Calories per hour. I’m sure this includes walking from hole to hole. Come on guys, it’s a sport so use those legs.

You’re gonna love this one. Having sex apparently burns 160 Calories per hour. A couple points I have to make here. 1) Sitting at the desk burns 147 calories so I’m assuming this guy is just laying there. 2) How many guys go for an hour straight? If so, I think the caloric output would be a lot higher. Just my opinion.

Strength training would burn about 655 calories per hour. Definitely depends on your strength training session. We’re not talking about a leisurely lift or two with a 5 minute chat and a 10 minute stare at the girls on the treadmill guys!

Running up stairs burns about 1221 calories per hour. Who can run stairs for an hour? Well that’s not the point. If you divide that hour by 4 and get 15 minutes you would burn approximately 300 calories in 15 minutes. That’s a lot. I’m going to question Men’s Health on that one.

Whatever you do, get more active and burn more calories. The more activity the better and the greater the intensity, challenge or muscle groups involved the higher the caloric expense. So get after it and lose that body fat!

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips from Personal Trainer Rich Thurman

Hey guys, back again with some tips for weight loss. I don’t like to use weight loss so much these days, but people still like to hear the word. It seems to make people happy to say they lost weight. I typically say it’s not about the quantity of weight but the quality of it. If you maintain your weight but add lean mass and lose body fat then most likely your clothes will be fitting better. Dress size is a better indicator for most people. Anyhow, for all you weight loss junkies out there. Here are my top 10 tips for weight loss. Read more of this post

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